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Patriots’ Malcolm Butler On Benching: “They Gave Up On Me”

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As the New England Patriots pick up the pieces after a stunning Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, the talk will turn to the good and bad decisions made leading up to and playing out throughout the game.

One of those decisions was from Pats head coach Bill Belichick who benched former Super Bowl MVP cornerback Malcolm Butler because Belichick felt not having Butler in the game gave New England a better chance at winning.

Who would second guess the best head coach of All-Time?

Butler was obviously upset with the decision, as he was relegated to special teams.

“They gave up on me,” Butler said (h/t ESPN). “F—. It is what it is.”

Butler, who was replaced by Eric Rowe, feels that is he did play, he would have changed the outcome of the game.

“It was a coach’s decision. … I don’t know what it was,” Butler said after the game.

“I guess I wasn’t playing good. They didn’t feel comfortable. I could have changed that game, though.

“I was just doing my job supporting my teammates. I had nothing but great things to say about the organization. Great organization. They gave me the opportunity.”

Butler played 97.8 percent of the defensive snaps in the regular season but Patriots’ defensive coordinator Matt Patricia said that matchups were the determining factor in benching Butler.

“We just played all the guys we could to try to help us win in whatever packages we had,” said Patricia. “Different situations came up, and we were just trying to move some things around. … We just had a situation where we had some matchups and packages that we went with.”

“We put the players and the game plan out there that we thought would be the best, like we always do” Belichick said after the game of his decision to sit Butler.

Butler is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Now the Patriots, along with a lot of their fans, may be asking themselvec; “What if?”.

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Jags’ Leonard Fournette, Jalen Ramsey, Others Remain Questionable

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have a number of players on the mend, and running back Leonard Fournette and cornerback Jalen Ramsey are both questionable for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, according to ESPN’s Michael DiRocco.

Fournette and Ramsey aren’t alone, as running back T.J. Yeldon, cornerback D.J. Hayden, and right guard A.J. Cann are all questionable as well.

Fournette will likely be a gametime decision.

“We’ve been playing a lot of tough games,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said. “Players are doing the best job they can to get themselves ready to go, but we played a home opener in New York. We played a home opener here. Now we’ve got a divisional opponent.

“When you look at it a lot of teams are going through the same thing, just trying to keep everybody as healthy as they possibly can.”

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Bengals’ Billy Price Out with Leg Injury

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The Cincinnati Bengals will be without rookie center Billy Price as he is dealing with a lower left leg injury, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Paul Dehner Jr.

“Finally figured out what it was this morning,” Price said. “Last couple days was just trying to figure out what it is and what’s the plan going forward. They thought it was an ankle now turned to a foot, there wasn’t any swelling and it wasn’t Lisfranc, so just thankful for that. That’s great news.”

Price will be re-evaluated in two weeks by doctors.

 

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Patriots Sign Corey Coleman To Practice Squad

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The New England Patriots signed wide receiver Corey Coleman to their practice squad earlier this week, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

New England originally signed Coleman to its 53-man roster last week, but he was cut when the Patriots acquired Josh Gordon in a trade with the Cleveland Browns. The Pats then opted to add Coleman to their practice squad.

Coleman is close to being out of the NFL completely after his cut from the Buffalo Bills, following his bottoming out with the Cleveland Browns.

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